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Welsh Government urged to write to UEFA asking them to ditch ‘unfair’ Euros system

29 Jun 2021 3 minutes Read
Wales midfielder Ethan Ampadu. By Nickb1792 (CC 4.0)

A Senedd Member has asked the Welsh Government to write to UEFA asking them to keep future European Football Championships in a particular country.

It comes after criticism of the format of the current tournament, in which some countries such as Wales had to travel thousands of miles across the continent while others could play at home.

Wales also played their last game, and were defeated by Denmark, without home support after Welsh fans were refused entry to Amsterdam. Thousands of Danish fans were however allowed to travel.

After paying tribute to the Welsh football team, Llyr Gruffudd said in the Senedd that “it has created some unfairness on this occasion”.

“The fact that some nations have had to travel many thousands of miles to play their matches whilst other nations haven’t travelled at all because they’ve played all their group games at home,” the North Wales region Plaid Cymru MS said.

“That’s given an unfair advantage to some nations and has put other nations at a disadvantage, and that is contrary to the spirit of the competition in my view.

“A letter from Government to UEFA expressing that point on behalf of this Senedd, and certainly on behalf of Welsh football supporters and the Welsh football squad, would be something we would appreciate.”

The Leader of the House Lesley Griffiths MS agreed that the format had been unfair but did not add whether the government would be writing to UEFA on the matter.

“Certainly, when you have a tournament that goes around 11 countries, I don’t see why any country, personally, should play in their home country,” she said.

“And, as you said, it was very unfair that some countries—and ones playing tonight—went no miles, and our country went, I think, 5,500 miles.

“So, certainly, if UEFA are going to take it out of more than one country, I think there needs to be some equality that we certainly didn’t see this time.”

The next Euros tournament in 2024 will be played entirely within Germany.

‘Joke’

Their comments come after Wales defender Chris Gunter blasted Euro 2020’s “joke set up” which meant that Wales’ football fans couldn’t travel to watch the team.

Writing on Instagram, the defender criticised the tournament’s organisation which had seen a number of favourites play almost every game in their home stadia while Wales had to travel thousands of miles.

“Written off before a bag of air was kicked, 3,000 miles from home,” he wrote.

“Every nation had fans wherever they went, apart from the 350 who broke government rules and bank accounts to be there, you and us deserved more from this joke set up of a tournament, but who said life was fair.

“We did not deserve that scoreline but who said life was fair. It hurts like mad, but to be hurting with some of my best mates and best muckas I’ve shared a changing room with for years on years makes it a little easier.

“And to share it with a nation who all feel the same makes it even easier.”

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Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Quite. Nothing on London media about the unfairness of course.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Quornby

London media think they own ALL international football tournaments that they should never be held anywhere other than in England ! Sickening amounts of jingo being emitted after last night’s result. To be fair the English team came good in the last 1/4 although the Germans didn’t show much shape all match and had underperformed in the group stage. Now they proceed to the last 8, should get to last 4, then, will they have the steel to go all the way ? London media will crow for another 50 years if they win it and bring down all sorts… Read more »

Anni Bin Iaith
Anni Bin Iaith
1 month ago
Reply to  Quornby

It is a well leaked fact the our colonial overlords, so fearful of the Y Ddraig Goch, orchestrated this state of affairs.

I have no doubt that they would not be celebtrating their lucky win over our brothers in arms against Lloegr had they ventured as far as Team Cymru.

That gladiatorial former Stadium of the Empire, Wembley for once held its baying Sun readers, inflatable tommy gun in hand.

Come the reckoning. Cymr Rhydd!

Charles L. Gallagher
Charles L. Gallagher
1 month ago

I’m not a footie fan but surely UEFA is the European football body and is there not enough countries in Europe without having to go beyond Europe’s Borders?

capt.taffyapple
1 month ago

i think i would be tired out from traveling 5500 miles to play football proves how dull the bosses are

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
1 month ago

Imagine your sense of national identity being so pathetic that you get salty over the organisation of a football tournament…

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Evans

Imagine your sense of national identity being so salty you need to go to another nation’s only free media outlet to criticise other nations for not agreeing with you

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Cut him some slack Chris, he’s a bit inadequate in an unspecified area which is quite important to his own ego so he comes on here for some kind of alternative “masturbation” activity. I’m sure there are tablets for this kind of thing but he might not be able to get them on a free prescription even in Wales. He sure can’t in England.

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Hi – I’m Welsh and live in Wales so I’m not sure why you think otherwise?

As for Chris’ idea that this website is Wales’ “only free media outlet”, I’ll have a hit of whatever he’s smoking!

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Evans

If you are living in Wales then pop round to your G.P and check whether that problem of yours is treatable. Might stop the persistently snide remarks.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

I read somewhere else that the tournament will revert to a single nation in 2024. Maybe Germany ?

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